Sharing Exceptional Travel & Musical Experiences

Our Story

From our humble beginnings with just nine in our first audience, we have grown to the point where we now tour the country with eight concert seasons in 24 different venues and provide around 15 trips per year.

What started out as a few singers putting on a concert has now grown into a company producing over 200 concerts a year, touring nationally to over twenty five venues around the country.

Over the years we have added many new venues and we perform a variety of concerts, everything from Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, Music Hall, Proms, Music Theatre, War Songs, and songs of the 40's, 50's and 60's.

We don’t know of any other arts companies which tour the entire country eight times a year.

In 2007 we started a travel company specialising in travel for music lovers. Our trips are escorted by our artists and combine fun, camaraderie and exceptional musical and cultural experiences. 

 

We have travelled overseas on many trips with several different companies and we both felt we have never been on a better organised tour where we were so thoughtfully cared for, or on a tour where we had such a variety of fun activities

~ Pat, Murray River

What a fantastic trip to the Murray River we have just had! There are not enough words to describe how excellent everything you did for us throughout the whole trip was and as for the concerts - wow! They were world class and enormous fun! I loved every bit of this great trip which was a REAL holiday and VERY classy! THANK you all for all the hard work and effort and great care of us all by the whole team. This was trip number 5 for me and they keep getting even better each time! Huge thanks Sue and John for bringing your A team! We are very lucky!

~ Dot D, Murray River

The trip was memorable in so many ways – the people who traveled with us, the music, the hotels we stayed in, and the many wonderful places we visited. We wish to thank you so much for your meticulous planning.

~ Chris and John, England & Wales

A big thank you for another fantastic holiday, full of beautiful highlights. The concerts, scenery, the company, the enchanting places we went were all amazing, memories that will I live with for the rest of my life!

~ Glenda, Fairytale Europe

All the planning was superb, but I should particularly like you to pass on my thanks to Tessa May, Alex and Cameron for their assistance, consideration and humour – not to mention the musical entertainment. They were all great. Thank you for a lovely holiday

~ Noeline, Winter Wonderland

I have reluctantly slipped back into everyday life after such a wonderful five days on our Waitemata & Waiheke Island Trip. What a lovely time we had...great scenery, entertainment, food, plus convivial company. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Top marks for such a well organised trip, especially that memorable concert in the Poderi Crisci Vineyard! It was a night to remember - the venue, the excellent food and of course the topmost quality musical entertainment. We were so lucky to have all that in the mix of a great tour in the region.

~ Alison, Waitemata & Waiheke Island

Operatunity is champagne for the soul

~ Marjorie, Waitemata & Waiheke Island

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the I Love Paris concert. It was one of the best ever. The beautiful back drop and the equally beautiful songs and music, made it feel as if I was right there in Paris.

~ Kathleen, Nelson

I knew all the words of all the songs - a fabulous program and each performer was perfect in their individual songs and the ensembles were beautiful with great endings! A standing ovation at the end with cheering and clapping was testament to everyone’s enjoyment. It is certainly up there with the best and everyone wore a huge smile as they left! THANK YOU ALL for brightening our lives!!

~ Dot, Hastings

I just wanted to pass on my congratulations on today’s show. I’m so pleased I attended, as was my neighbour, who was entranced. This was everything such occasions should be: heartfelt, poignant, funny, inspiring, uproarious, festive ... immensely satisfying. Please pass on my plaudits to everyone.

~ Lindsay, Kapiti

We’d like to say a very big congratulations for the last Kiwi Show. It was just fantastic, very professional, humorous, and an absolute delight to watch and listen to and be part of the audience. It is obvious at every performance the stars always give of their best and are very passionate about what they do. We always rave about each concert for days afterwards and endeavor to put the word out there.

~ Jill and Kevin, Masterton

We laughed, sang, cried and clapped our hands sore, it truly was that good a performance. Our congratulations and thanks to all who work so hard to bring these concerts together and the performers who give their all to entertain us so well.

~ Judi and Graham

Thank you for all the wonderful concerts, the happiness they give us and for being such friendly good people.

~ Pam, Rotorua

We thoroughly enjoyed the superb concert today in Invercargill. So honest and moving. Very professional. Our first time. We look forward to becoming regulars.

~ Wendy Joy, Invercargill

We have come to expect nothing but perfection from you all and the trip to Art Deco Napier was no exception. The attention to detail, marvelous trips to wineries and historic homes, coupled with the marvelous attention from Lynette, Karl and Alex, made for a magical experience. Thank you all so much. Such fun to dress up each day!

~ Jackie Shields

Just must tell you .... I went to the concert this morning. Came home on such a high I couldn’t work! What a morning. How lucky we are. A thousand thanks to all of you there. Operatunity is playing such a big part in my life’s joys.

~ Julie

Another wonderful concert by Operatunity – enjoyed every minute of it – great background scenery on stage, lovely playing by Paul, outstanding singing by all and lots of comedy from Karl and Alex. Looking forward to It’s Rainin Men! Cheers.

~ Heather, Mosgiel

Wow, what a superb concert this morning! What fabulous and varied costumes! It was an absolute blast and looked to be a full house!
Thank you for these amazing concerts. They are so very good for the soul and such fun!

~ Dot, From Phantom to Les Mis 2017

The warmth of your hospitality, friendship, knowledge and most of all the caring you both showed to all on this tour was amazing.

~ Gillian, France

My sister and I attended today's concert in Hastings. Like the last concert it was absolutely fabulous. Congratulations to you and John for finding all these wonderfully talented artists to bring so much enjoyment and happiness to we senior citizens.

~ Shona C, Phantom to Les Mis Concert, 2017

Thankyou for all the boys of It's Raining' Men. I really enjoyed the concert I didn't want it to stop so awesome, thankyou again.

~ Alison B, Rainin' Men Concert, 2017

What a wonderful, exciting concert I attended in Mosgiel this morning/early afternoon. The whole audience was abuzz and enjoyed singing along, clapping and even attempting their versions of the twist! Coronation Hall was packed with Karl having to bring in more chairs to accommodate the large number of people. Karl was very impressive carrying a number of chairs up the steps to the back of the Theatre.
Well done to all presenters!

~ Heather, Proms Concert 2017

Another wonderful concert today at the Fabulous 50’s concert, full of fun and laughter with everyone singing and clapping and dancing. The venue was packed with very happy people living for two hours in the past. I felt young and free amidst all that great music again.

~ Dot, Fabulous 50's Concert 2017

Operatunity is the only way to travel if you love music and the theatre.

~ Lynn, USA & Canada 2017

Huge thanks for another excellent and fun filled concert today with all six performers going the extra mile. You make us laugh and sing and lift our spirits. Everyone was smiling afterwards and you do more for our health than any medication!

~ Dot, Christmas Concert 2017

My wife, Mavis, and myself yesterday (Fri. 27/10/2017) attended your ‘Fabulous 50’s’ show at the New Plymouth venue and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you! All the performers were brilliant and the song selection was great. Lots of reminiscing done.

~ Wayne & Mavis, New Plymouth

We always enjoy our drive through to Wanganui on Operatunity days and love our wonderful time listening to all the magical music and of course the great jokes that Sue remembers. We have just been down on the Southern Lakes and Fiords tour with Sue and thoroughly loved every minute with the group.Thank them all for sharing those days with us.

~ Don & Denise, Hunterville, 2017
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Susan Boland

Soprano/ Co-owner

Susan Boland, married to John Cameron, is owner and co-founder of Operatunity. She has been a professional singer for 30 years. Her achievements include winning...
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John Cameron

Tenor / Co-owner

John Cameron, owner and co founder of Operatunity has enjoyed a singing career spanning several decades. His primary musical love is the romantic ballad and...
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Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua

Principal Resident Artist

Awarded the Iosefa Enari Scholarship Award for the support and development of Pacific Island Opera Singers in 2004 and was a finalist for the New...
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Karl Perigo

Resident Artist

Karl has a string of credits to his name having performed lead roles in Les Miserables and recently landing the title role as 'The Phantom'...
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Alex Foster

Singer

Alexandra is a classical music major from the University of Auckland, she has performed in many musicals and operas and she is also a vocal...
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Alex Milligan

Singer

Alex holds a BMus (Performance) from the University of Auckland. Since graduating, Alex has maintained a busy and varied performance career around New Zealand including...
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Amanda Atlas

Singer

New Zealand soprano Amanda Atlas embarked on her international career in 1999, spending ten years singing for various opera companies and orchestras in the US and Europe....
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Bruce French

Saxophone

One of New Zealand's most respected sax players and a professional musician for most of his life, Bruce has performed with a wide variety of...
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Bryony Williams

Singer

Born in Canterbury, England, Bryony spent much of her life in New Zealand until moving back to the UK in 2012. She completed a Bachelor...
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Cameron Barclay

Singer

Cameron is a graduate of both the University of Auckland and the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, where he studied singing, French and...
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David Kelly

Pianist

David Kelly has been principal repetiteur for New Zealand Opera since 2008. David studied at the University of Canterbury with Diedre Irons and Dr. Maurice...
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Derek Hill

Singer

Derek is a graduate of Montreal University and has performed with many NZ opera companies including NBR NZ Opera. He is a Freemasons Opera Scholar,...
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Grant Winterburn

Pianist

Grant Winterburn is one of New Zealand’s leading keyboard players. His wealth of experience across a wide range of musical genres has made him in demand...
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Hamish McGregor

Singer

Hamish McGregor is a musical theatre performer who has spent the last 18 years performing in productions throughout the country for various musical theatre societies....
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Jessica Hindin

Violinist

Jess has successfully toured internationally with world music show “Barrage” for almost 5 years through 5 continents. Her work encompasses classical, world, gypsy, jazz, country,...
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Kalauni Pouvalu

Singer

Kalauni is a member of the Auckland Chamber Choir, that represented Auckland University overseas in Singapore and the United Kingdom in 2010 under the conduct...
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Karen Davy

Singer

Karen Davy is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter, impersonator and recording artist, whose honours include The Variety Artists Club NZ - AGNEW & Silver Scroll Award, Five...
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Ken Strong

Singer/Guitarist

Born and raised in Auckland, Ken learnt to sing, harmonise & play guitar at family parties & has been playing professionally since the age of...
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Lynette Martin

Singer

Lynette is well known to Operatunity audiences. She has performed for over 30 years including principal roles with Auckland Opera, Wellington City Opera and Opera...
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Marian Burns

Fiddler

One of New Zealand’s iconic entertainers, Marian's unstoppable energy and joy sweeps you up in her path. Picking up her first violin at the age...
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Mike Booth

Trumpet

Mike Booth (trumpet) has maintained a freelance career performing a wide variety of music. Before locating to Europe Mike performed with Cats Away, Netherworld Dancing...
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Pat Urlich

Singer

Pat Urlich grew up in West Auckland, studying piano and singing. After leaving school he studied classical singing with Dorothy Hopkins and performed in several...
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Paul Carnegie-Jones

Pianist

Paul is a pianist, song accompanist and musical director whose performance interests span classical genres, opera, jazz and musical theatre. Paul grew up in Hawkes...
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Penny Dodd

Pianist

Penny Dodd is a pianist, arranger, and conductor with over thirty years experience in NZ, UK and Australia.  She spent five years as a musical director...
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Pete France

Saxophone

Pete has played at jazz festivals and concerts throughout New Zealand with the Rodger Fox Big Band, One Million Dollars, King Kapisi, Shane Cortese’s band...
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Ray Eade

Bass Guitar

Ray lives in Auckland but was born and raised in Invercargill. Ray developed his immense musical skills on the Bass guitar in various Invercargill groups...
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Rebecca Wright

Singer

Rebecca Wright has enjoyed an illustrious career in the Musical Theatre industry, most recently performing the lead role of Eva Peron in Hamilton Operatic Society’s...
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Ron Coleman

Pianist

Ron has played the piano in dance and jazz bands from the age of 15.  When he was 21, he left NZ and spent many...
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Rory Nolan

Singer

Rory Nolan is a singer/actor with vast experience in musical theatre. Rory has toured with Operatunity since 2013, completing three previous national tours, and is thrilled...
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Rutene Spooner

Singer

Entertainer, Rutene Spooner is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Arts with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre. In the final...
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Stuart Coats

Singer

Stuart is a veteran of the New Zealand Opera Chorus, having done his first production (for then Wellington City Opera) in 1994. At that time...
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Suzanne Lynch

Singer

Suzanne was discovered along with her sister Judy by New Zealand guitarist Peter Posa. The two sisters became regular performers on the New Zealand  television...
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Tainui Kuru

Singer

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Tizane McEvoy

Singer

Tizane McEvoy is an award winning actress and singer. She has studied with Francis Wilson and David Harper, and holds a Masters degree in music...
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Susan Boland

Managing Director

Susan Boland is Managing Director of Operatunity. Over the past fifteen years her key roles have included artistic management, choosing all music and the planning...
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John Cameron

Chief Financial Officer

A co-founder and business manager of the highly successful Operatunity, a company that specialises in providing extraordinary concert and travel experiences to the senior market....
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Sonja Stariha

Travel Manager

Sonja is the longest standing member of the office taking on the role of Travel Manager in the beginning of 2011. Her passion for travel...
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Allen Bo

Accounts

Allen joined Operatunity since 2011, he deals with numbers in the office, outside the office he enjoy classic music & plays piano.
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Lucy White

Concerts Manager & PA to the Managing Director

Lucy has been with Operatunity since April, 2015. She is currently Sue’s personal assistant as well as organising the logistics for all of the concert...
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Lynette Martin

Office Assistant

Lynette first joined Operatunity over 10 years ago performing in both Class Act Opera and the Daytime Concert Series and of course was Operatunity’s first...
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Lisa Kennedy

Travel Administrator

Lisa has worked at Operatunity for 4 years and is our travel administrator in the office. She helps with the planning of the trips, putting...
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Raelene O’Loughlin

Travel Coordinator

Raelene joined Operatunity Travel in October 2016, and has had many years’ experience working in the travel industry. She particularly  enjoys working  on the tours...
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Claire Mitchell

Marketing Assistant

Claire joined Operatunity in May 2017 as our Marketing Assistant. Originally from Taupo, she moved to Auckland in January after graduating university. Claire is a...
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Charné Olivier

Concert Administrator

Charné recently joined us in October 2016 as our Concert Administrator and helps with ticketing for all our concerts around New Zealand. She usually attends...
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Alex Milligan

Office Assistant

Alex has worked in the Operatunity Office part time since 2013 in both the concerts and travel department, and he has also escorted many domestic...
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Jeanette Watson

Catering Manager

Jeanette is a valued member of our team who has toured with us for several years, assisting us with the catering side of the concerts....

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